Hello my dear friends and readers! Well my readers are my friends, so we’ll just combine those thoughts into one. 🙂 Shall I just say that I’m super duper excited that it’s September? I know that Kristy is really super happy about it being spring in Australia, and I’m over here celebrating fall. :o) Thank the Lord for all the seasons, right, cause there are so many different things to celebrate about each one. It’s really wonderful and amazing to see the transformation that God works in the earth as it turns from season to season. Today I’m going to talk about a different kind of transformation, the kind of ‘transformation’ photos that I’m not very comfortable with, because of an eating disordered past.
I wanted to share a thought. You may notice that I almost never take full body shots to show on the blog, and there’s kind of a reason for that.
I’m not comfortable with the transformation photos on the internet. I had to unfollow a few Instagram accounts for that reason (not because I disliked the person), but I couldn’t quite handle the photos.
Am I against them? Well, no. I couldn’t say that, because that would be inconsiderate and unkind. It wouldn’t be true, because I’m not entirely against them. Yet, I’m going to talk about them today from the perspective of someone who has struggled with idolizing my body for many years and has very mixed feelings about these kinds of photos.
However what are my reasons for never taking a transformation photo myself?
1. I’m always too tempted to look through eyes that only look at the outside of the person instead of remembering so many of the verses in the Word that are a reminder that cleansing and being healthy is far more than just an outward body fat percentage.
Acts 26:18, ‘to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.”
When I spend time browsing through transformation photos, my temptation is to focus on the body and not on the essential, eternal character of the soul that God created men and women with from the very beginning of time.
2 Corinthians 5:1 is a reminder that this body here is not the final body for me. ‘For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.’
2. If I started doing transformation photos, I think it would probably accentuate for me, the temptation in my heart to be self-centered. Instead of caring about others and glorifying God with my body, I would be focused on my body. –
Again, I’m definitely not saying that I don’t want you to take transformation photos. I think that they can be often so encouraging for people to see their progress, so I don’t want to put the kabosh on that, but they just aren’t a good idea for me.
3. The final reason I don’t take them is that I don’t want people to compare their body to mine. – Bodies are made wonderfully and designed by God, but He expressly tells His children not to covet another’s possessions. I don’t want to be going on Instagram and having an inordinate desire after someone’s body that God didn’t give me. That would be sin, and it wouldn’t be pleasing to my Heavenly Father.
Selfishness and pride are sins that are always threatening to creep up on me, but Colossians 3:1-5 and so many other passages in Scripture about putting to death those sins and desires are what give me hope and energy and power for each day to kill those selfish desires and jealousy.
‘If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:’
Do I ever want to take a transformation photo to show my gainzz?
Yes, but right now, it wouldn’t be a way of growing in the Lord and growing in selflessness for me … I’m NOT the essence of all selflessness, but this, I know, would be a pit that would take Emily further into focusing on herself and not on Jesus who has won the victory, who heals sinful souls like mine, and reconciles them to God.
So instead of focusing on my body, I want to share this with you…
You are a precious person, no matter what your size.
What makes you precious?
You bear the image of God on you. That image was corrupted when man and women fell into sin, but through the blood of Jesus Christ and the life of His resurrection, you can be renewed, filled with hope, purpose, and life, no matter what the size of your pants.
It’s not about the size of your biceps.
I’m learning that it’s about the state of my heart. Sure, I could work on having the most nice looking body in the world, but what about the state of my heart? My heart is so deceitful, but I am THANKFUL that God is greater than my heart and that He makes all things new.
Jesus Christ truly works the most amazing transformation, and you can’t even fully capture it in a photo.
I love each and every one of you who come to read this blog. Please know that I want to hear your stories, hear where you are coming from even if you disagree, hear what you are struggling with, hear the desires, the thirsts of your heart, and share with you the living water that will satisfy for eternity.
Instead of transformation photos today, I’m going to share a few ‘food finds’ that have transformed my eats in the past few days. Ok, I kind of tried to make that tie in, lamely, but it didn’t.
Thankfully Amanda doesn’t mind if our ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and posts are super random. I’m also going to link this up for Heather’s Friday Favorites, as I think this has to be my favorite post of the week. I think that may be because it includes my favorite dessert pictures minus the Sonic shake I had on Thursday night. 🙂
These Overnight Zoats from Victoria: BEST way to use zucchini that takes under 5 minutes.
Last Thought: Get outside into God’s creation. It’s SO therapeutic.
Psalm 92:1-3, ‘It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto Thy name, O Most High; to show forth Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness every night; upon an instrument of ten strings and upon the psaltery, upon the harp with a solemn sound.’
Your honest thoughts on transformation photos? Do they ever cause you to be jealous?
How do we utilize transformations to talk about the heart and not just the body?
Have you taken transformation photos? Did they help/hinder you? (No judgment here, just questions!)